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Speak Out: Are Pit Bulls a Problem?

Let us know what you think.

A Maryland Court of Appeals ruling in May .

Since then, advocacy groups like the U.S. Humane Society and B-more Dog have been trying to change what they call breed discrimination.

One young Takoma Park pit bull lover expressed her affection for the breed in a handwritten letter.

"Please don't discriminate against my pit bull," 8-year-old Caden wrote on June 19. A photo of the letter was tweeted out by B-more Dog.

So we want to know what you think of pit bulls. What experiences have you had with the breed?

Kelly Quickle June 21, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Robin, Chef David is spot on - this neighbor is not a responsible owner. Responsible "pit bull" owners are typically more responsible than those who own other breeds. We want our dogs to dispel all the myths and be good ambassadors of their breed. We are dedicated to good ownership practices, such as spay/neuter, training, licensing, etc. We are usually more discerning about their food than our own, steadfast in ensuring appropriate medical care (mine all have wellness plans), and can be extremely over protective in their care. And I do I feel safe around a great number of pit bulls, not just my own. I've responded to disaster areas and helped care for dogs I'd never seen before, mostly pit bulls. As people should be, I am respectful and cautious when meeting a new dog (any dog), and I pay attention to their body language before approaching. You don't just run up to a total stranger and throw your arms around them, do you? ;) Good luck with your neighbor - it sounds like he's living off the money he gets from over-breeding his dogs and selling them to just anyone for a buck. Most of these young dogs you indicate are nice - will likely wind up dead in a dog fight. Report him.
sarah June 28, 2012 at 09:02 AM
do the deed, ban the breed! pit bulls killed 22 out of 31 people killed in dog attacks in the usa last year! rottweilers were next on 4 deaths!
Breanna Jackson August 11, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I was like everyone here who knew someone who had a Pitbull and heard all the stories of what a great dog they are for children. Our neighbor behind us owns 3 and when we moved in we put up an 8 foot wooden fence because they would come out every time my young kids went out to play and all he had was a 5 foot chain link fence. 2 months ago I let my chihuahua/Pomeranian out who weighs 7lbs like I do every morning. I heard him yelping do I ran out back and here is my neighbors pitbull who has broken through our fence with his jaws chomped on my dogs throat. I grabbed a stick and beat this pitbull at least 20 times before I stunned him in the eye and he dropped him. Thank god my dog had the sense to run into the house. The dog turns on me and I am swinging until I can close the door. I call the police and they come with animal control. I rush my dog to the vet with 3 puncture wounds on his neck and several scratches. Thank god!!!! So the owner comes over and tells me what a loving dog his dog is and he loves children but he is dog aggressive. He reluctantly agrees to pay for the vet bill. So today he comes over and asks me if I signed an avidavit and I said yes. He tells me he has put up a new fence and the dog is now living out of state with his girlfriend. I now feel a little safe about letting my dog and kids in the back yard.
alan cohen August 22, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I think when you speak of 'surrender', you are not talking about a fight.....They surrender when they are playing.....You talk but ..................................
alan cohen August 22, 2012 at 08:07 PM
how many dogs have you had and raised?

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